September 12, 2009 · Updated 1:38 AM
South Kitsap Wolves (1-0) vs. Gig Harbor Tides (0-1)
Time: 7 p.m. Friday @ Roy Anderson Field
Kennewick Coach: Darren McKay, 10th year
League Affiliation: Narrows League
Offensive formation: Spread
Defensive formation: Multiple odd
Last year’s Record: 8-2 overall, 7-1 league.
2008 playoff results: Gig Harbor lost 24-19 in the Class 4A state play-in game Nov. 7 against Federal Way.
Key returners: QB/WR/PR Troy Castle, 5-10, 168, jr.; OL/DL Trevor Harrison, 6-1, 220, sr.; LB Colby Jenkins, 5-11, 190, sr.; OL Ethan Roberts, 6-0, 255, sr.; TE/OLB Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-7, 255, jr.
Gig Harbor vs. South Kitsap: The Wolves lead the series 12-5.
Last meeting with South Kitsap: Gig Harbor won 23-13 last year in Port Orchard.
D.J. Sigurdson vs. Gig Harbor: 7-5.
Overview: After graduating more than 30 seniors off last year’s team, the Tides had the daunting task of opening at Olympia, which entered the season with 26 consecutive league wins since 2004. Gig Harbor fell behind early and lost 40-27. The Tides graduated Narrows League offensive MVP Chet Thompson and three first-team all-league players — linebacker Jim Dahl, defensive back Tanner Davis and lineman Nick Johnson — but aren’t devoid of talent. Senior quarterback Barrett Schmidtke, who transferred from Class 1A Life Christian, passed for 2,866 yards and 29 touchdowns last year. He might be a better fit for the spread offense than Thompson, who was a more talented runner. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be the state’s top recruit in the 2011 class. He has offers from every Pac-10 school except USC, in addition to Florida and Oklahoma. The Tides don’t have the massive lines they’ve featured in the past, but coach Darren McKay always seems to get quality play up front. McKay, who switched to a spread offense last year, has a 5-4 record against South. All but three of those games have been decided by 10 points or less.